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LGA 1151 Socket for 6th Generation Intel core Desktop Processor SupremeFX 2015 USB 3.1 Type A & C Onboard Sonic Sense Amp, Lighting Control NOTE: Update the motherboard to latest firmware/ BIOS to version “3401” for best result

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Asus ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO LGA1151 DDR4 M.2 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Type A Type C Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard

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At a Glance

  • 5-way Optimization with 1-click overclocking.
  • Best-in-class Intel Gb LAN with GameFirst technology.
  • Reinvented SupremeFX 2015 Audio with top-to-bottom upgrades.
  • Customizable Aura RGB heatsink Lighting.
  • Dual U.2 + M.2 + SATA Express for uncompromising storage speeds.

Now in its 3rd incarnation, ROG’s ATX gaming motherboard is honed and optimized to be perfectly balanced for enthusiast-grade gaming desktops with 5-Way Optimization arriving for ROG and fully reinvented SupremeFX 2015 for an unprecedented audio experience in an integrated solution.


5-WAY Optimization

New to ROG, 5-Way Optimization performs a variety of system tuning procedures through a single click:

1. Turbo Processing Unit (TPU) with Auto Tuning.

2. Energy Processing Unit (EPU).

3. Fan Xpert 3 with dedicated 4-pin PWM header.

4. Extreme Engine DIGI+ .

5. Turbo App.

Reinvented SupremeFX 2015 Audio

SupremeFX features color-coded LEDs to guide you to the right audio jacks and a collection of professional-grade components, including an ESS ES9023P digital-to-analog converter with Hyperstream technology, ultra-low-jitter clock, Nichicon capacitors, 2VRMS headphone amp and Sonic SenseAmp that automatically optimizes any headset for clarity and purity.

Intel Ethernet for No-lag Gaming

With Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN as the foundation, wired connections inherently enjoy higher throughput and lower CPU overhead compared to alternatives. And, LANGuard hardware-level safeguards for both ESD and surge protection so you can focus on your game and worry only about K/D.

Media-acclaimed UEFI BIOS

EZ Flash 3 enables updates from the internet directly within UEFI, without needing to enter Windows. The EZ Tuning wizard allows builders to quickly overclock or create RAID arrays via a simple step-by-step guided process.

Build Faster. Build to Last.

Fusing together ASUS Q-Design with ROG safeguards delivers a faster, more enjoyable build experience with the peace of mind that a variety of enhancements are in place to keep your build safe for years to come.

Exclusive AURA RGB Lighting

Customize your own favorite LED effect to cast a stunning multi-color glow across your build, change shades to indicate CPU temperature, or pulsate in time to the beat of your favorite tunes.

Specification: Asus ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO LGA1151 DDR4 M.2 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Type A Type C Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard


‎65536 MB DDR4

Memory Speed

‎2133 MHz

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Item Weight

‎1.76 pounds

Product Dimensions

‎13.1 x 2.9 x 11.1 inches

Item Dimensions LxWxH

‎13.1 x 2.9 x 11.1 inches

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‎ASUS Computer International Direct



Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

‎August 5, 2015

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  1. Suzanne Ransehousen

    This board is the heart of my Skylake build. It looks so bad @$$ with my red and black theme. BIOS is fun to use to tweak your settings. Make sure you update your BIOS right after getting everything together and booting (before windows 10 install). Great board!! ASUS hit it out of the park. Thanks JJ.

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    This board comprised the heart of my i6700k build. I looked at a dozen boards before deciding on the Hero. Don’t concentrate on the bad reviews. This board has everything you need. I often wonder how other people handle these boards. Please, always wear a static strap and I bet you won’t have any problems.The system came right up with no issues on the POST boot. After entering the UEFI Bios, hit F7 to select EZ mode. This will take most of the guess work out of the bios settings and provide a nice graphical output of the system performance. I was apprehensive about loading Windows 10 on to the M.2 card (Samsung 950 Pro) after watching many videos on YouTube. After inserting the Win10 USB into the rear USB 3.0 connector and selecting it as the boot choice in the EZ Bios settings, it loaded without issues. (Make sure to disconnect your other SATA drives)Plenty of fan headers. I used the Corsair 750D Airflow edition case. This is excellent choice for novice builders like myself, providing generous amounts of room. Also, I selected the ASUS GTX 1070 OC video card. This fits nicely into the 750D. 16G of TridentZ ram, an EVGA 750W P2 and an ASUS AC68 wireless card. Works like a champ.

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  3. Builder Enthusiast

    I’ve had this board a little over a month now and it is awesome! It looks simply awesome in my case and the BIOS is incredibly easy to use, the extra feature software that comes with this board is also nice and gives me a lot more control over my components. It has both the look and feel of a truly premium board.The only thing wrong with this board are the LED’s. The white seems to be slightly pinkish, which doesn’t really affect me since I pretty much stick to max green, blue, or red, and those look great.The other issue is that the LED’s are easily seen individually and are given away by brighter dots.Other than those few LED issues this is an awesome board, and there is almost nothing you can’t do with it.I’ve had this board for over a year now and it has been nothing but great. The board starts to go wonky every time it needs a BIOS update for some reason but after the update everything runs back to normal.I have a stable 4.7GHz OC on my 6700k and the XMP runs the RAM great (3200MHz C16).I am about to upgrade to 8th gen and Z370 but I will most definitely be getting the Maximus X Formula. This board has been absolutely great.The absolute ONLY issue I have with it is the built in sound leaves a lot to be desired, and the Asus automatic OC sucks. But if you really need a dedicated sound card thats one thing, most people do not, and if you know what you’re doing, overclocking is not that hard either.All in all its a great board and hands down the best looking of any Z170 board. A little pricey for what you get but in my opinion, its worth it.

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  4. DeathAngel74

    Despite all the negative reviews, this mobo is bad@ss! No issues yet, except when I triggered the anti-surge protection. One of the fans was disconnected and a plug was exposed, I accidently touched the case and the PC powered off, lol. Still working though and I’m pretty happy with it so far. The 6700k is overclocked to 4.5 GHz and with help from XMP 2.0, my RAM is running at 3200 MHz. My only regret is not jumping a deal for a x99 motherboard and 5960x. Not doing tri or quad sli, so meh. Maybe the universe decided to be nice this time around. Karma for all the weird electronics I’ve had to deal with in the past. Or maybe I just got lucky, who knows.

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  5. Stryker Kane

    i got this as a replacement for another motherboard that started having problems booting and that i’d had problems overclocking. i finally just bought this board, plopped my i5-6600k 3.5ghz and corsair ddr4 3000 onto it and it booted just fine. i dinked around in the bios to get the memory up to 3000 and then decided to just run the windows overclocking tool that comes with the board. i was really impressed that it got my cpu up to a 4.7ghz on one/two cores and 4.6ghz on three/four cores. after a day or so i did get a blue screen so i went into the bios and lowered the multipliers set by the windows tool to 4.6 on one/two cores and 4.5ghz on three/four and it’s been rock solid for a month now. i’m also running an asus 980 video card w/o problems, so i’m feeling pretty good with asus’s quality right now.

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  6. WaTsKy

    To begin my review let me give a little background info. I am a casual gamer. I do some video editing with Avid Media Composer, some minor photoshopping, and practice SQL on my home PC. I decided that I wanted to upgrade my aging computer, because it was starting to lag. Some of the games I played at the time (such as Black OPS 3) were only playable at medium-low settings. Here was my setup:■  AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Processor, Black Edition (HDE00ZFBGRBOX) ■  Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Socket AM3 AMD 890GX/SB850 6 SATA USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard ■  HIS Radeon HD 6970 2GB (256bit) GDDR5 Eyefinity 2x Mini-DisplayPort HDMI 2x DVI (HDCP) PCI Express X16 2.1 Video Card Retail (RoHS) H697F2G2M ■  Corsair Memory Vengeance 8GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module – 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) – DDR3 SDRAM – 1600 MHz DDR3-1600/PC3-12800 – 240-pin -DIMM Red CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R ■  Corsair Hydro Series High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H60 ■  Seagate ST31000528AS-A1 1TB BARRACUDA 7200.12 SATA 72003.5 RPM 32MB 3.5IN (ST31000528ASA1) I gave myself a $1,000 budget. I knew that the GPU would be the most expensive component. So, I started with the processor. I wanted to get a way from AMD because of the large amount of cooling required. So I ended up returning to Intel. Oddly enough I tend to alternate between AMD and Intel with every build. I settled on the  Intel Core i5 6600K 3.50 GHz Quad Core Skylake Desktop Processor, Socket LGA 1151, 6MB Cache (BX80662I56600K)  because it had a great benefit to cost ratio. It would have been nice to make it a i7 but I had a budget and wanted to maintain within my budget.So, I started to read reviews of motherboards. I originally saw the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero and loved the style of the board. I also read a lot of good reviews about it. However, I wasn’t sold on going back to ASUS because I had so many problems with the M4A89GTD. For instance, a lot of times when I would power on the PC the would power on for a second then power off. I had to wait another couple of seconds then try again before it worked. So I ended up thinking I was going to buy the  Gigabyte ATX DDR4 Intel LGA 1151 SATA E (6Gbit/s) Motherboards (GA-Z170X-Gaming 7) . Right before I pulled the trigger, I read some unfavorable reviews for the Gigabyte board regarding BIOS issues. I had a lot of issues with my M4A89GTD’s BIOS so I ended up back with the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero.Here’s my review of the boardAPPEARANCEThis is a great looking board. The gray and red accents look fantastic. You have a plastic shield that covers the I/O. The ROG logo ontop of the heat sink is a color changing LED. You can have it do lots of different things like pulsate, blink to the beat of your music, and my favorite change colors by the CPU’s temperature. The color is changed through the provided software. UEFI BIOS has two options, expert mode and EZ-mode. The differnce being the amount of options and different option locations. The SATA ports on the motherboard are located on the corner of the motherboard. I liked this location because it was perfect for routing cables on my  Fractal Design Define R5 Gaming Case with Window Cases FDCADEFR5BKW .PERFORMANCEThis is the first motherboard I have ever purchased to POST without any errors. I was able to immediately boot into Windows with an exisiting hard drive (had to convert the Legacy BIOS to UEFI first) I like having a UEFI BIOS because it makes finding sections easier. However, I found that I had to take a trial and error approach with many sections. For instance, when I was assigning a primary hard drive it wasn’t clear enough how this was done until I started trying different ways to assign a new primary. In a years time I have only had a couple of BSODs which is good so far. Upgrading the BIOS is a little buggy. Sometimes the BIOS recognizes that I am connected to the internet and other times I have to reboot to get it to find the internet. Although, I haven’t had any issues like this in Windows. Also, on the I/O there is a BIOS update button and on the board is a power and reset button. There is a one touch overlock which works. I haven’t tried to overclock it much more than that since everything runs so well. ASUS threw in a CPU installer which is a little plastic bracket that makes lining up the CPU fool proof, and works very well.PROS■ Nice looking board you will want to display in a window;■ 8 sata ports (although 4 are shared) and good port location;■ 6 USB 3.0;■ BIOS, power, and reset buttons built onto the board;■ One touch overclock;■ CPU install bracket;■ Color changing LED; and■ No POST errors!CONS■ UEFI at times takes trial and error;■ Network when updating BIOS is a little buggy;Overall I am very pleased with this board. If that changes I will be sure to update my review.

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    After 3 months of operation it has worked great so far, i think this is the best choice for a motherboard between great quality and budget. After i assembled everything, as i expected it did not boot, i went crazy because of the many variables than can cause your PC to not boot. For beginners, i would recommend benching all your components and test if it boots rather than assembling it all in the first place. For people that have problems in their first boot, make sure screws of the mobo are not tight, same with CPU heatsink, at least for me this was the only cause i had that prevented me to boot. The BIOS is superb and it allows for high end components to work flawlessly, really recommend.

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  8. Andre

    OK MoBo but really bad Audio Chipset.It’s not just the sound anymore. If I have more than two channels playing my whole computer gets unreliable. My screen freezes, sound gets really loud and I have to restart to get it fixed. I have tried everything: uninstalled the RealTek driver and installed the windows driver but it’s still problematic. My mouse freezes randomly unless I disable all audio drivers.It took me a while to figure it out and I’m hoping that’s the only thing bad with this MoBo.▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀EDIT: I originally gave this product 1 star for the reasons stated above. Asus was prompt to provide ideas to solve the problem and even offered an RMA. The problem turned out to be a flawed Razer mouse and it’s driver.★★★★★ for Asus on Customer support.★★★★☆ on the Mobo and here’s why it’s 1 star shy from glory:Because this MoBo has the ROG Extension Connector (18-1 pin ROG_EXT) instead of a regular USB-2 connector if you need more internal USB-2s you will need to acquire something like this:

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  9. Justin

    What can I say: excellent BIOS setup, practically auto-pilot for the overclocking, and the AI suite 3 is the best motherboard utility on the market, in my opinion. I had a Gigabyte Z77 UD5H for almost 3 years, but decided to future proof for at least the next 4-5 years. When ‘Skylake’ came out, I just had to get it. This was one of the first boards to hit the market in the Z170 chipset, and so being a gamer, I thought the Hero would be an obvious choice. I wasn’t disappointed. The manual overclock process was a breeze, and I got to 4.7 GHZ on my I7-6700k without a hitch. I’ve left it on a permanent 4.5 OC just because I like the voltage where it is at which is 1.265. The included software disc gives you the full utility suite to monitor fan temps, cpu speed, ram speed, voltage, power saving options, and make apps go faster with their ‘Turbo App’. I thoroughly will enjoy this mobo for years to come. I hope you do too! Attached is some photos of my build, because why not:

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  10. shawn

    Ok, With some of the reviews I was a little worried about buying this board. Glad I made the decision. I will address my issues first. Code 55. Yes it showed up first boot. I powered down and double checked everything. Everything was set correctly and all pins were firmly in the right spots. Second boot Code 55. I had already updated bios to the latest build. Turns out the board simply will not run my ram at 3000. It seems to consider it an unstable overclock and throws code 55. I am at work so I don’t have the numbers but it ended up running at 2900~, No idea why, but it simply don’t run the full 3000 without code 55. I simply set the bios to auto detect and I was good to go. Code 44 After first successful boot I ended up getting this code. Everything seemed to work fine, but it bugged me this was showing so I started digging. Turns out this code is thrown when the system comes out of sleep. Now the thing is I was cold booting so that was a bit confusing. It ended up being fast boot. Windows 10 stores info on second boot to speed up the system. The board thinks this is a wake event for whatever reason.I turned off fast boot in Windows 10 and bios. The code magically went away. For the record I did not see a speed reduction in cold boot with these two options disabled. I boot in a few seconds, literally. Code Ao This poked it’s head up after code 44. Turns out this is simply a code stating Bios was handing the system over to Windows 10. Nothing to fix on this code. It stays for a bit then jumps to code 99, normal operation. Ok, here is the positives I encountered while building/using this board. I read that the motherboard was laid out badly. I did not have this issue. As a matter of fact I am a little OCD and wire management could not have been achieved as well without this layout. The board has software that allows you to intelligently overclock your system while in Windows 10. It stress tested the machine and suggested a safe overclock with a single mouse click. I am running at 15% stable. Very impressed how integrated overclock is on this board, for the record I did not use the CD, I got on the website and downloaded the latest version of the software. It works very well. Stability, very stable. Once I got the the codes out of the way I have been running very stable even with the overclock. No issues at all. Boots up fast. The board is very good looking. Enhances the look of my build. Clean and well designed. Even has color options for the onboard LED. This thing is a beast. Here is my build.Tower: Sysem: Drives: Cooling kit: Card: Supply: cards: you go with a big build try and find an open tower. I feel like a standard closed tower will generate to much heat. (my opinion)Build slow. You are in no hurry. Take you’re time, check and double check. Use the manual it’s very informative.Check your parts list. Make sure everything is compatible before you hit that buy button. There are some good compatibility programs out there that will help your double check your parts compatibility. Look at the motherboards website for a compatible parts list.Buy it, you won’t regret it, this thing is a beast.

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